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Bag Holder and Filler.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bag holder and filler. This design "consists of an expansible bag holding and filling funnel composed of a metallic strip having overlapping edges and provided with attached spring-wires, such funnel being capable of contraction to enter a bag, and of expanding therein for the purpose of holding and filling the bag" (lines 13-19).
Date: February 6, 1883
Creator: Adkisson, Duncan Rudolph
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Letter from J. Ann to Charles Moore, April 8, 1883]

Description: He was surprised, but glad to hear from Charles. He is sorry that Charles' brother John was suffering fro rheumatism. He believes everyone is doing well, and he mentions that they are suffering from dry weather. He hopes for good crops this year. There is a liquor prohibiting law and the Marshall takes drunk men to jail every few nights. He tells Charles that his son Will is still sheriff and the ages of aunts and uncles. He doesn't know if Willis is going to leave or not. He asks that they write soon. In the P.S. he asks some questions. He aks if Charles and Henry are the only ones to keep the Moore name. He mentions that the Boyd name rests on the second generation with one boy.
Date: April 8, 1883
Creator: Ann, J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Car Coupling.

Description: Patent for a new and improved coupling for railroad cars. This design "consists in the combination, with a draw-head, of an L-shaped lever pivoted in the same and provided at its angle with a lug, which L-shaped lever has a coupling-pin suspended from the end of the long arm, and has its short arm passed into an aperture in the inner end of a bar sliding in the bottom of the draw-head, whereby when the lug is depressed the coupling-pin will be raised and the bar in the draw-head will push the link out from the end of the draw-head" (lines 7-17).
Date: June 12, 1883
Creator: Appell, Charles E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Chair for Railroad Rails.

Description: Patent for a new and improved chair for railroad rails. This design utilizes a metal key and wrought-iron straps so that "the rails are held firmly both laterally and vertically, so that they are kept level at the joint and any sagging is prevented. At the same time endwise movement by expansion or contraction is not hindered, and the chairs being fastened to the ties, the expansion and contraction will take place entirely between the several chairs" (lines 49-57).
Date: February 20, 1883
Creator: Armstrong, Charles & Abbott, George
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bale Tie.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bale tie. This design "consists of a short thin plate of metal having two tongues . . . fronting each other, said plate being pivoted at one end to the bale-hoop . . . the other end of the bale-hoop being passed under the tongues and drawn tightly around the bale, the expansion of the bale on the hoop causes the respective ends to pull on the respective ends of the tie-plate . . . so as to grip the edges of the end passed between the tongues and hold it firmly" (lines 7-19).
Date: July 24, 1883
Creator: Arnold, Abbott
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combined Rotary Harrow and Stalk Cutter or Roller.

Description: Patent for a new and improved harrow combine. This design "provide[s] a rotary harrow, to be used in combination with a stalk-cutter or roller, for the purpose of harrowing ground and at the same time cutting off the stalks of the preceding crop, or for harrowing in and rolling seed. [The] invention consists in a [novel] combination and arrangement of parts" (lines 11-18).
Date: February 27, 1883
Creator: Barker, James
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

General map of the United States.

Description: Map shows railroads, travel routes on the Great Lakes, state and territorial boundaries, major cities, towns, military posts, notable physical features, "Dakota Territory," and "Indian Territory." Distance between New Orleans and Cuba is also indicated. Relief shown by hachures and spot heights. Scale [ca. 1:8,448,000].
Date: [1883..1885]
Creator: Bartholomew, John, 1831-1893
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

General map of the United States.

Description: Map shows railroads, travel routes on the Great Lakes, state and territorial boundaries, major cities, towns, military posts, notable physical features, "Dakota Territory," and "Indian Territory." Distance between New Orleans and Cuba is also indicated. Relief shown by hachures and spot heights. Scale [ca. 1:8,448,000].
Date: [1883..1885]
Creator: Bartholomew, John, 1831-1893
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Steam Engine, &c.

Description: Patent for a new and improved engine. This design "connect[s] the piston-rod of the steam-cylinder with the disk or crank that is attached to the fly-wheel shaft by means of a lever, or a disk acting as such, in a manner that enables the piston-rod to operate upon its connecting-bar in a longitudinal direction . . . thereby [avoiding] angular vibration of the connecting-rod and reduc[ing] friction of sliding surfaces" (lines 15-25).
Date: December 11, 1883
Creator: Barton, Alexander M. & Davis, Philip Z.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wood Pavement.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wood pavement. This design "is to furnish an improved pavement which shall be strong, durable, and cheap, not being liable to decay nor become uneven, with perfectly water-tight concrete joints laid on a perfectly solid and compact foundation of gravel, which can be easily cut through and readily reunited should it become necessary to cut through it to lay sewer or gas pipes or water-mains, or make connections with same" (lines 10-19).
Date: July 17, 1883
Creator: Bell, Bushrod W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Quilting Frame.

Description: Patent for a new and improved quilting frame. This design "consists of an improved arrangement of apparatus for suspending the quilting-frame from overhead rods, on which it is made to traverse for passing the quilt along the sewing-machine to be quilted, the essential object being to contrive a simple means of shifting the frame with relation to the machine and for placing it diagonally and for turning it around from side to side, so that when the quilt is very heavy one half can be quilted, and then the quilt turned and the other half quilted on the other side" (lines 7-18).
Date: July 17, 1883
Creator: Bledsoe, Robert B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Quilting Frame.

Description: Patent for a new and improved quilting frame. This design "is to improve the means for suspending a quilting-frame, so that a sewing-machine may be more conveniently used in the quilting operation" (lines 7-10).
Date: July 24, 1883
Creator: Bledsoe, Robert B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Miter and Framing Square.

Description: Patent for a new and improved miter and framing square. This design "consists in the improved arrangement and construction of graduated scales, whereby I attain superior advantages in point of simplicity, durability, inexpensiveness, and general efficiency" (lines 11-15).
Date: November 20, 1883
Creator: Bolles, James H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Wheeled Vehicle.

Description: Patent for a new and improved wheeled vehicle. This design consists in "[a] one-wheeled sulky in which are combined the single wheel, the frame, the thills, the seat, the standards, and the rods or braces" (lines 54-57).
Date: June 19, 1883
Creator: Boyd, William
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Combined Clothes Washer and Churn.

Description: Patent for a new and improved combined clothes washer and churn. This design "is to facilitate the operations of washing clothes and churning, and also to avoid the necessity of having a separate mechanism for each use. The invention consists in the peculiar construction and arrangement of parts" (lines 16-21).
Date: March 6, 1883
Creator: Bridges, Mary Jane
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Gun Case.

Description: Patent for a new and improved gun case. This design "is to provide a case for guns which shall be capable of receiving and enclosing the whole gun, or of being separated into two parts, one part adapted to receive the barrel or barrels, and the other the breech, when the barrels are separated from the breech. . . . so far . . . the parts of the case have always been inseparably connected, or even if they could be taken apart they could not be joined together to make one complete case" (lines 9-26).
Date: December 18, 1883
Creator: Bronson, Edgar B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Running Gear.

Description: Patent for a new and improved running gear. This design consists "[i]n an adjustable axle, the combination of the squarely grooved or axle-tree, having [a] central square block, the spindles having inner square portions, having horizontal slots and vertical slots, vertical nutted bolts and horizontal nutted bolts, [and] having hooks adapted to have the draft-chains attached to them" (lines 74-81).
Date: January 9, 1883
Creator: Brosius, John M.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department